Once Dungeons and Dragons was the preserve of social outcasts - but now board game cafes like the Bad Moon are helping young people combat loneliness A board game café for fans of Dungeons and Dragons has opened in Bermondsey to help combat the ‘loneliness epidemic’ felt by young people, writes Josh Boswell. The fantasy board game was once the pastime of social outcasts and maligned as a gateway to devil worship in the Satanic Panic of the 1980s. But after a recent renaissance with celebrity gamers and an appearance in TV show Stranger Things, lonely young people are now using formerly nerdy games to widen their social circles. An Office for National Statistics survey this year found sixteen to 24-year-olds were the loneliest age group, with one in ten young adults saying they are often or always lonely, compared to just three per cent of those aged 65 to 74. But now thousands are finding friends among fellow orcs, elves, goblins and magicians. The London Meetup Group … [Read more...] about Bermondsey Dungeons and Dragons board game cafe opens to help young people combat ‘loneliness epidemic’
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Nicki Minaj’s ticket sales are even more painful than the scuffle she had with Cardi B during their shoe-throwing row in September. The rapper opened last night’s brilliant MTV European Music Awards in Spain — but the performance was a last-ditch attempt to sell seats for her European jaunt. Her 22-date tour is due to kick off in Munich, Germany, in February but it is in crisis with not a single date having yet sold out. The string of shows was announced in June and will see her co-headline with rapper Future, but even that has failed to prompt sales. A music insider said: “Nicki is a big name in the industry but she is becoming known more for the drama around what she says and does rather than her music. “Her feud with Cardi B has turned a lot of people off her and even getting Future involved in the tour hasn’t shifted tickets. “Thousands and thousands of tickets for her show remain unsold and it’s just not good at all, especially as … [Read more...] about Nicki Minaj’s UK tour is in crisis with poor ticket sales and no sold out dates
In an online video advert, the Danish toy manufacturing giant shows a young woman trying and failing to master a yoga pose. Instead, she takes time out from her busy day to make a Lego ship as an antidote to the stresses of modern life. The video is captioned: "Need an escape? Building with Lego bricks reduces stress and improves your wellbeing. It's zen, in the shape of a brick." In her Ted Talk, businesswoman and yoga teacher Allison Osborne talks of the "quarter life identity crisis" suffered by people in their 20s and 30s who, she says, feel "profound angst and anxiety about the direction of their lives. It can start in the transition between the academic world and the world of work, or it can happen further down the line when they've checked all the boxes of what it means to be an adult, yet remain unfulfilled." Much has been written about the stresses that millennials - those born between 1982 and 2004 - endure. Largely educated to a high standard, and raised with aspirations … [Read more...] about Can toy bricks help millennials de-stress?
PUBLISHED: 13:09 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:09 15 October 2018 Shellie Wall, newborn and baby photographer, has set up a new not-for-profit initiative Sunshine and Rainbows to help poorly children and their families. Picture: SHELLIE WALL PHOTOGRAPHY Archant Sometimes life can throw up unexpected obstacles, and families with poorly children will know all too well the struggles many can face. But one photographer from mid-Norfolk is hoping to make a difference to those affected by illness after launching a new initiative to capture special memories.Shellie Wall, newborn and baby photographer, has created Sunshine and Rainbows for children who have medical struggles in their life.The free photography package offers a portrait session and edited images on a USB, specifically for babies and young people who may be requiring a lot of medical attention, undergoing operations, receiving special care for life, or may be terminally ill. The mother-of-three lives in Yaxham, near Dereham, … [Read more...] about Photographer aims to bring back smiles to poorly children’s faces with new not-for-profit initiative
It's a treatment which carries a great deal of stigma and has suffered at the hands of some Hollywood movies. But electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), formerly known as electroshock therapy, is still being used with great effectiveness among mental health patients in Wales. It involves sending an electric current through the brain to trigger an epileptic seizure to relieve the symptoms of some mental health problems. Experts say it leads to “diverse changes” in brain function, cerebral blood flow, metabolism and neurotransmitter pathways. The treatment is given under a general anaesthetic and using muscle relaxants, so a patient’s body does not convulse during the seizure. Some patients report feeling significantly improved after a single session, while others take a little longer to benefit from this particular form of therapy. And some later relapse and need further sessions later on. Clinic manager Kara Hannigan, of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, said she … [Read more...] about Patients in Wales given ‘electric shocks’ to help combat depression